Moore sculpture could fetch millions

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One of Castleford-born sculptor Henry Moore’s most valuable pieces of work is expected to fetch millions of pounds at an auction next month.

The 11 feet long bronze Reclining Figure was produced by Moore between 1967 and 1970.

It is now expected to sell for between £2.5m and £3.75m at Christie’s auction house at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York on November 5. The sculpture is the largest single piece created by the artist.

Brooke Lampley, head of the impressionist and modern art department at Christie’s, said:“Reclining figure is an icon by one of the greatest of all modern sculptors.”

Even if the sculpture does sell for its anticipated figure in New York next month,it will still not be his most valuable work.

His current world auction record stands at £19,081,250, the sum paid at Christie’s in London on February 7, 2012, for his 1951 bronze reclining figure Festival.

Another of his sculptures was stolen from an open air sculpture park in Scotland earlier this week. Standing Figure, a bronze figure created in 1950, was one of four of sculptor’s pieces in Glenkiln Sculpture Park,in Shawhead, Dumfries and Galloway.

Henry Moore, who died in August 1986 at the age of 88, was born in Castleford, the son of a miner.

He went to Castleford Grammar School where he later taught.

He became a sculptor in 1919, after serving in the army in during World War One.